This week, given that the paper’s issue is published on Thanksgiving, I thought I’d include some of the things I (and my family) am most thankful for here in Huntington Beach.
Before that, however, this historian/trivia nut wanted to share a few related nuggets — Minnesota raised about 46 million turkeys this year, making it tops in national turkey production. It is followed by North Carolina (39 million), Arkansas (31 million), Virginia (21.5 million), Missouri (21 million) and California (16.8 million).
These six states together will probably account for about two-thirds of U.S. turkeys produced in 2007. North Carolina produced 702 million pounds of sweet potatoes, more than any other state, followed by California at 381 million pounds. Of the billion pounds of pumpkin produced this year, Illinois led with 492 million pounds, while California, Ohio and Pennsylvania each produced at least 100 million pounds. Notice how well our state is contributing?